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. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we begin tonight with what they said could never be done. they said that wedge issues only wedge one way. if you are a democratic politician, if you've got a culture warrior opponent, you essentially just have to take it. they can win points with their base for being super antiabortion, super antigay and all the rest but there is no way that you as a liberal, you as a democrat can raise those issues from the other side. sorry. you just can't do it. don't bother. you can campaign against reproductive rights. republicans have made an art form of that in recent years but you can't campaign for reproductive rights. that just can't be done. this is how the culture war has settled out over the past decade or so. campaign all you want against all sorts of civil libertarian issues. you can campaign against gay people. you can campaign against religious freedom for anyone who is not your particular brand of christian. you can campaign against reproductive rights. but you can't campaign for these things. that's the common wisdom.
keep doing it in the halls. >> okay, great. >> cheers. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. we do have a lot more ahead about don't ask, don't tell, lady gaga, the big day tomorrow, and the wrench that senator john mccain is so lustily throwing into the works on this issue. a report from the scene of today's rally with u.s. air force major mike elmi, and from capitol hill on what could be another filibuster eve. and there are two big reasons why thursday is a day to mark on your electoral calendar. it should favor democrats and howard dean will help us explain. that's all to come. >>> but first, when a political candidate comes from outside mainstream politics and that candidate gets nominated to represent a major party, and part of that candidate's appeal is that they come from outside mainstream politics, there's now a well-established process of making that candidate over, subtly, to make them seem more mainstreamy for the general election. we saw that process in action with the post-primary scrubbing of republican senate candidate, sharron angle of
at home for staying with us for the next hour. during which, i hereby promise we will talk about white supremacist football. white supremacist football and its connection to one insane new york congressional race. do not try this at home. this is stunt wing nutry to be handled by professionals only. you are in good handle this. white supremacist football is coming up later on this hour. >>> but we begin tonight at the university of wisconsin in madison. where president obama has just launched a new get out the vote effort. simulcast. when the president spoke at this same wisconsin campus in early 2008 during the presidential primaries, the 17,000 strong crowd that turned out to see him that night in '08 made major headlines for his then campaign. 17,000 people turning out at a campaign rally. tonight mr. obama was back at the university of wisconsin at madison. and the crowd this time was bigger. it was a bigger crowd this time to see him as president speaking outside at the campus instead of inside at the cole center arena like he did last time. the president tonight addressed a
too. >> thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. how about a bit of big breaking news? late on a friday. a federal judge appointed by president george w. bush in 2002 has issued a federal court ruling late today, essentially dismantling the don't ask, don't tell policy. this is the second very strong federal court ruling against the military's gay ban in less than a month. the plaintiff in this case has not done a national tv interview before. she'll be joining us in just a moment for an exclusive discussion along with someone whose face will be familiar to those of you following our coverage of this issue over the last seven weeks or so. excuse me, over the last year or so. the last seven weeks or so have been an unbelievably good seven weeks for gay rights in america. at least on paper. the proposition that removed existing same sex marriage rights after couples had already been married in california, the prop eight case, prop eight struck down as unconstitutional seven weeks ago. two weeks ago, don't ask, don't tell struck down in its totality as uncon
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